a multi-disciplinary work
by Melisa Tien and Jeff Tang
(Blue Wave by Blair Thornley)
I’m collaborating with composer Jeff Tang on a multi-disciplinary piece inspired by the lifeguard trainees of Grover Cleveland High School in Queens, NY.
The majority of the students are immigrants/children of immigrants. Many enter the program afraid of the water, and emerge with the ability to save a person’s life. They go on to watch over swimmers at the beaches and pools of New York.
A song from Swell was presented Oct. 2018 at Inside the Underground @ The Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC.
Anthony McGlaun vocals, Jeff Tang ukelele
(L to R) Jeff Tang, Melisa Tien, and Anthony McGlaun @ The Cornelia Street Cafe Underground, 29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY